The past two years have seen unprecedented sales of new-build superyachts, leading to long lead times. It’s why the Feadship yacht Sakura is something different for the shipyard group. In fact, she’s a spec project. Initially, Feadship promoted the design starting this past May to clients seeking a quicker delivery date. Unsurprisingly, after just six weeks, a buyer has signed a contract. He’s looking forward to a May 2025 delivery date.
According to Feadship, more than a few clients expressed interest. Regarding the owner, Maarten Janssen, Feadship’s sales director, says, “He was attracted by the relatively short delivery time and the opportunity to bypass the waiting list. He loved the exterior and interior design, and the yacht totally fit what he was looking for in terms of layout for family use.”
Indeed, the main aft deck especially fits the bill. With simple, uncluttered styling reminiscent of the Feadship concept Pure, the 235-footer (72-meter) has equally uncluttered decks. An ideal multi-generational social area, the main aft deck features a traditional dining table. However, it also connects truly seamlessly with the saloon—therefore, no sills to step over when the floor-to-ceiling glass doors open. Additionally, the dining area and deck space, with a pool, look and feel more connected to the swim platform and surrounding sea. Wide teak steps cascade down to the platform—the same steps that reveal the beach club/spa. (Feadship of course is leaving it up to the owner to choose how to outfit it. Further possibilities for the yacht Sakura, though, include a dive area or gym.)
Complementing the streamlined styling, the Italy-based FM Architettura studio originally proposed a combination of two interior-design styles known for their simplicity. Specifically, the studio blended Japanese and Scandinavian design cues. While Feadship says the owner liked the look and feel, it has not revealed whether he is altering any of the suggestions. Regardless, the vision brings together bright spaces with warm, natural tones and textures, yet also some strategic color pops. These extend from the saloon through to the six guest staterooms (including two VIPs) all on the main deck. Those VIPs alternatively can convert to one super-large suite, even a second owners’ suite.
Nonetheless, the main owners’ suite aboard the yacht Sakura sits on its own deck. Once again, floor-to-ceiling windows make it welcoming. Mornings become all the nicer thanks to a private alfresco dining nook, accessible from a side-deck suite door. A hot tub is nearby as well.
With a raised pilothouse, Sakura puts diesel-electric propulsion in the captain’s hands. Electric thrusters combine with MTU gensets, similar to Savannah’s hybrid system. Notably, Feadship says alternate energy sources can supplant them in the future.
From a media-room-like sky lounge to alfresco areas for private contemplation, the project holds multiple possibilities. Ultimately, the owner may change some of the “We set out to build a yacht that captures the intimacy of a 71.76-meter yacht with the functionality and spaciousness of a much larger yacht,” Janssen notes.
More details to come as the megayacht makes construction progress.
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More About the Yacht Sakura
LOA: 235’5” (71.76 meters)
Beam: 40’8” (12.4 meters)
Draft: 11’4” (3.45 meters)
Guests: 14 in 7 staterooms
Engines: diesel-eletric system with MTU gensets and Veth pods
Range: 4,500 nautical miles at 12 knots
Stylist: De Voogt Naval Architects
Naval Architect: Azure Naval Architects
Interior Designer: FM Architettura